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Sunday, July 14th, 2013
I have repeatedly told readers that whenever there is some outlandish study condemning nutritional supplements or natural health care approaches, the media goes into full “lap dog” mode, dutifully reporting the nonsense without presenting contrary views. The end objective is always the same — promote dangerous drug-oriented medicine and suppress natural medicine. Enter this past week’s “study” reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, supposedly “proving” that consuming fish oil supplements increases the risk of prostate cancer.
Based on decades of seeing this kind of junk-attack science peddled to to the unknowing masses, it sounded “fishy” to me from the start. We just know too many things about the many benefits of good quality fish oil for cardiovascular health, anti-inflammatory purposes, skin problems and more. Something that is so beneficial for other areas just isn’t going to give people cancer.
The key thing to understand is that this study did not prove that consuming fish oil supplements (or eating fish) causes prostate cancer. Rather, it was an “association study.” In other words, it simply looked at men who did and did not have prostate cancer and noted their fish oil consumption. The problem is it didn’t adjust for variables like:
Quality of the fish oil supplement (most of what people take is junk)
Length of time fish oil was being consumed by prostate cancer patients
Obesity/Body Mass Index
Not factoring these issues into the equation makes the “study” basically meaningless.
I would encourage you to listen to the brief interview by Michael Savage, Ph.D. with a leading prostate cancer specialist, Dr. Anthony D’Amico. Dr. D’Amico explains why this study is not to be trusted. Note: You may not like some of Michael Savage’s views or style, but he does have a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in Epidemiology and Nutrition and really knows what he’s talking about on most nutrition/natural medicine topics. This is the link to copy and paste into your browser. It’s fascinating.
Fish Oil Prostate Cancer Risk Is Fishy Says Michael Savage [Listen]
— Monte Kline, Clinical Nutritionist
Monday, February 25th, 2013
Is it really “preventive care” or is it just good marketing? Most women have been conned into believing that routine mammograms are one of the greatest things ever for preventing breast cancer. A recent study in The Lancet would seem to disagree. It found that:
For every life saved by mammograms, 3 women will be overdiagnosed and treated unnecessarily
More specifically, the study found:
- 99% of those diagnosed with breast cancer by mammography will have surgery
- 70% of those will receive radiation
- 70% will receive endocrine therapy
- 25% will receive toxic chemotherapy
Another study is even worse. The Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews found the risk increase from mammography was 0.5%, while the risk reduction from dying of breast cancer was only 0.05%. So, for every woman saved from breast cancer by mammography, 10 healthy women will be unnecessarily treated, including treatments with highly toxic radiation and/or chemotherapy.
It’s one thing if there is a specific reason to do mammography, such as previous cancer incidence or a significant family history. Routine mamography for all women as a screening tool, however, is nuts, to put it mildly.
So, what do you do to prevent breast cancer? Joseph Mercola, D.O. suggests a number of “lifestyle choices” that can make a big difference, including:
- Avoid sugar, especially fructose
- Optimize vitamin D levels to 70 – 100 ng/ml
- Limit protein intake
- Avoid unfermented soy products
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain healthy weight (we recommend our wildly successful hCG program)
- Supplement with omega3 fish oil
- Use a curcumin supplement
- Avoid drinking alcohol
- Avoid electromagnetic fields
- Avoid synthetic hormone replacement therapy
- Avoid char-broiled meats
- Make sure you’re getting enough iodine
“Preventive care” is often a misnomer for harmful, invasive procedures that ultimately just serve as marketing tools — identifying a “problem” that is either insignificant or will not affect mortality — in order to “solve” said problem with the “product” conventional medicine offers — in this case, surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Real prevention simply does two things: (1) Get the bad things out of your body that shouldn’t be there, and (2) Put the good things in that should be there — detox, correct eating, and natural remedies.
Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
The Alliance for Natural Health has an outstanding article, Flu “Epidemic” — The Numbers Just Don’t Add Up that I highly recommend reading for the latest on the current flu vaccine danger and ineffectiveness. Copy and paste:
— Monte Kline
Saturday, January 12th, 2013
After years of empty hype about the flu, we finally have a flu season that appears to be significant (though hardly the epidemic by historical standards the media is whipping this into). So, what should you do? If you’ve followed our annual flu prevention suggestions, you’re probably in good shape. If you haven’t, it’s not too late. Here arefive tips for flu prevention:
1. DON’T GET A FLU SHOT — Over the years I have written about this extensively, as have many other natural health care practitioners. The reason is simply: (1) Flu shots aren’t safe, and (2) Flu shots don’t work. Some people’s body’s just can’t handle being injected with a bunch of germs, so it’s possible for some to have serious reactions, one of the worst being Guillain-Barre Syndrome (See Better Health Update #61 “Flu Shots — Yes or No?” at: http://www.pacifichealthcenter.com/blog/?page_id=119). Some have allergic reaction problems, particularly in cases of chicken or egg allergy. All viral vaccines contain trace amounts of leukemia virus and other cancer causing viruses. Flu vaccines usually contain mercury preservatives and aluminum adjuvants. When it comes to effectiveness, various studies have shown virtually no difference in flu incidence in the vaccinated versus unvaccinated population. For example, a Dutch study, noted in my Better Health Update, found 50% of the vaccinated population of a home for the elderly got the flu compared to 48% of the non-vaccinated population. Ironically, the elderly are generally the most vulnerable to flu shot reactions while they are also the group conventional medicine urges the most to get flu shots.
2. DO PRACTICE SANITATION — This is one area where I agree with conventional medicine. Wash your hands lots, but don’t use anti-bacterial soaps which can compromise your immune system. I make it a practice to not touch door knobs in public restroom by using a paper towel to open the door, given half the people don’t wash their hands after using the toilet and then touching the door. Think about the stuff you’re touching, and who else may have touched it. By the way, paper money is probably one of the filthiest, germ-laden things you can touch, so again, wash your hands a lot if you have to have contact with it.
3. AVOID CONFINED CONTACT — Much of the flu and other infectious diseases are spread in the winter because of breathing recirculated air. Airplanes are probably the worst and likely comprise one of the main ways these flu outbreaks spread around the country and around the world. If your immune system is fragile for any reason, I would avoid being with groups of people, particularly in confined air space. A little ventilation can really help, so go out of your way to regularly get some fresh outdoor air.
4. STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM — The most important thing I can tell you is to focus on strengthening your immune system. Build up your health, and it’s highly unlikely that you will get sick. So how? First of all, don’t eat junk. Nothing suppresses your immune system like eating refined sugar. Second, take vitamin C, from 3000 – 6000 mg/day (I take over 3000 mg/day just for normal maintenance). Third, take an L-Lysine amino acid supplement to strengthen your connective tissue and thus prevent infectious invasion. Fourth, take 4000 – 5000 units of Vitamin D-3 daily. It takes that much to get most people into the optimal range on their blood tests. The deficiency of vitamin D in the winter is perhaps the main reason we get colds and flu primarily at this time of the year.
5. TAKE A FLU PREVENTION HOMEOPATHIC REMEDY — For many years we have encouraged our clients and customer to take a flu prevention homeopathic once/week from October through April. I haven’t heard of any of them getting the flu who were doing this in recent years. By the way, the same homeopathic remedy can be used if you actually have the flu (wherein you would take it 3 times per day) or if you were required to get a flu shot (e. g. nurses, etc.) and need to use this to detoxify, wherein you would use it once/day for a couple weeks after getting the shot). Our Flu Prevention Special containing these remedies is still available at (copy and paste URL):
In spite of the media hysteria, don’t worry about this (that further suppresses your immune system). Just do these steps of prevention and the odds are greatly in your favor for avoiding flu problems.
— Monte Kline
Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
I was just updating our Free SICK & TIRED WEBINAR at www.pacifichealthcenter.com including the slide where I share about common prescription drug prices in comparison to our services with the Pacific Health Balancing Plan. The slide shows what it costs to take a given prescription drug at one pill per day for one year, using the lower-than-average prices of Costco on the most economical size. Note the current price for a year’s supply (1 pill/day) versus the 12/31/09 price in parenthesis:
Lipitor 10 mg $1546 (was $1055)
Lexapro 5 mg $1683 (was $1034)
Nexium 20 mg $2442 (was $1964)
Singulair 10 mg $2111 (was $1453)
Prevacid 15 mg $2641 (was $2143)
Zoloft 50 mg $1779 (was $1307)
This is an outrage! Yet, the average person puts up with it (mostly out of ignorance) because they think someone else is paying the bill — employer, insurance company, Medicare, etc. — when the reality is they are the one paying for it ultimately. One year on our Pacific Health Balancing Program, providing usually six to ten one-hour testing appointments, costs less (sometimes by half or more) than any one of a year’s supply of those drugs. If I raised my prices by that much in less than three years during an economic depression, I would be out of business!
So, the moral of the story is — wise up! Not only are prescription drugs killing tens of thousands annually, not only are they working contrary to the God-created healing mechanisms of the body — they are horribly expensive. Natural medicine is safer, much cheaper, and often more effective.
Monte Kline, Clinical Nutritionist
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Guess the one thing scientifically shown to increase your risk of getting the flu? GETTING A FLU SHOT!!!
Here are details: The Vancouver Sun reported research by Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, that people who got the H1N1 flu shot in the winter of 2008-2009 were more like to get the pandemic virus that people who did not get the flu shot. This was confirmed in five studies done in several Canadian provinces.
ABC news reported the following quote from Professor Collignon of the Australian National University:
. . . people who have been vaccinated in 2008 with the seasonal or ordinary vaccine seemed to have twice the risk of getting swine flu compared to the people who hadn’t received that vaccine.
Is there any reason to think the latest flu shot will be any different? So, what’s the answer? Our suggestion over the years focuses on building up your immune system. That’s really the key to preventing any disease. As part of that, we especially emphasize a homeopathic flu prevention remedy we have found very close to 100% effective in years of use with hundreds of clients.
All of our Flu Prevention Specials are available at our website: www.pacifichealthcenter.com under the “Shop Monthly Specials” button, or by copying and pasting the URL below:
Start taking your flu prevention products NOW. Be well!
–Monte Kline, Clinical Nutritionist
Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
The ever-sensationalistic media loves any screwball study that attacks a generally held belief. So, it was no surprise on September 4th when all the headlines across the media were reading “Organic Food Not Any Healthier” or words to that effect. What the study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine stated was that there was not a significant difference in nutrient levels between organic and non-organically grown foods. Well, duh? That main reason I, and most people, eat organically grown foods is to avoid pesticide toxicity (in the case of produce) and hormones (in the case of meats). The study did find the organic produce had significantly lower pesticide residues, but that part didn’t qualify for the sensationalistic headline.
I suggest reading an article from the Alliance for Natural Health that tells the rest of the story by copying and pasting this link into your browser:
— Monte Kline
Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
VITAMIN D & OBESITY
A recent study of over 4600 women age 65 and over found that vitamin D deficiency may contribute to slight weight gain. One theory is that, since fat cells have vitamin D receptors, this nutrient may affect the size of those fat cells. Another study among adolescents seeking weight loss surgery found that only 20% of them had sufficient vitamin D levels. Teens with the highest BMI’s (body mass index) were the most likely to be vitamin D deficient.
VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY & OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS
It seems that every week or so I hear about yet another health problem related to vitamin D deficiency. Dr. Joseph Mercola on mercola.com recently summarized with a list of 33 health problems for which there is a vitamin D deficiency connection:
Autism Obesity Rheumatoid Arthritis Diabetes (Type 1 & 2) MS Crohn’s Disease Flu Colds Tuberculosis Septicemia Aging Psoriasis Eczema Insomnia Hearing Loss Muscle Pain Cavities Periodontal Disease Athletic Performance Issues Macular degeneration Myopia (near-sightedness) Pre-eclampsia Seizures Fertility Issues Asthma Cystic Fibrosis Migraines Depression Alzheimer’s Disease Schizophrenia
If you have any of these problems and are not taking a high potency vitamin D-3 supplement, I would suggest it.
HOW MUCH VITAMIN D?
The most precise way to determine your vitamin D levels is with a blood test. The test is called “25-Hydroxy Vitamin D.” The optimal range is 50 – 80 ng/ml (nanograms per milliliter). If you don’t want to go to the hassle and cost of a doctor’s office visit just to get the authorization for the blood test, I would recommend using an online lab. I recommend SaveOn Labs, which has the best price for this test ($70). Here’s how it works:
1. Go to to www.saveonlabs.com
2. Click on the “Lab Locator” to see if they have a participating lab in your area.
3. Go to the “Test Menu” and pick out the test (or tests) you want — in this case it would be “Vitamin D 25 Hydroxy” — and click on “Add to Cart”
4. Then you can proceed to checkout. You pay by credit/debit card and print out the authorization for the test, which you then take to the lab.
5. The lab will email the results to you directly.
VITAMIN D SUPPLEMENTATION
If you’re not presently taking a vitamin D-3 supplement, I would suggest taking 1/day of either our Vitamin D 5000 or, if you prefer a capsule, take our Vitamin D 4000. Most people need 4000 – 5000 units per day to get them into that optimal level of 50 – 80 ng/ml. These can be ordered on our website at:
Questions: Email or call (800-255-4246) anytime.
— Monte Kline, Clinical Nutritionist
Tuesday, July 31st, 2012
Given the current rise in cases of whooping cough (pertussis), a lot of clients are asking me whether they should get the vaccine. Like most natural health care practitioners, I generally advise against vaccinations, noting that significant danger posed by the mercury preservatives and aluminum adjuvants they typically contain. Dr. Mercola’s website has a very informative article on this (link at bottom of my article). The main points are these:
- Mostly vaccinated people get whooping cough! In the major whooping cough outbreak in California in 2010, 81% of the cases in those under age 18 were fully vaccinated. Only 8% of those getting the disease were unvaccinated.
- Increased whooping cough cases happen every four to five years. This appears to happen regardless of the vaccination rate.
- The combination DTaP vaccine is only 41% effective with 2 to 7 year-olds and 24% effective with 8 – 12 year-olds.
I still believe the best prevention against infectious diseases is good nutrition, good sleep, good sanitation, and immune stimulating supplements such as l-lysine, vitamin C, olive leaf extract, echinacea, and many other possibilities that can be determined with individual testing.
— Monte Kline, Clinical Nutritionist
Copy & paste link to the entire Mercola article:
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
For decades now, conventional doctors have recommended “low dose aspirin” as a heart disease preventive. Given aspirin’s various side-effects, such as causing bleeding on the stomach lining, this has never made sense to me, but more recently the problems created by this “therapy” have come to light. Some medical authorities now suggest that the old “take an aspirin a day” suggestion may do more harm than good.
Cardiologist, Dr. John G. F. Cleland from the University of Hull in England, raised several key objections in an article published in the British Journal of Medicine, based on meta-analysis of over 100,000 high risk cardiac patients:
- Aspirin doesn’t help platelet aggregation as much as previously believed.
- People taking aspirin after a heart attack show no benefit in reduced mortality — they don’t live any longer by taking daily aspirin.
- Aspirin changes the way cardiovascular events manifest themselves rather than actually preventing cardiovascular problems, causing a reduction in non-fatal events, but an increase in sudden deaths.
Dr. Cleland noted in another study, published in 2004 in the American Heart Journal, that patients receiving daily aspirin showed the worst cardiac problems, particularly heart failure. (A full article on this subject is available at the following link: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/17/is-low-dose-aspirin-causing-an-epidemic-of-intestinal-injury-and-bleeding.aspx?e_cid=20120617_SNL_Art_1
Some of the side-effects of daily aspirin usage include:
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Duodenal ulcers
- Diverticular disease
- Increased risk of kidney failure
- Hearing loss
ALTERNATIVES FOR CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
So, if you’re not taking aspirin, what do you do for cardiovascular health? There are many possibilities, depending on your particular situation and, of course from our perspective, which remedies actually test well on your body. Here are some of the possibilities:
- Omega 3 Fish Oil — one that is high quality and pure (not full of mercury)
- Co-enzyme Q10 — particularly the reduced form the body actually uses called Ubiquinol. This is essential for your heart muscle to function and its production is cancelled if you’re taking statin drugs for cholesterol lowering.
- Natural Vitamin E — long known for its blood thinning effect and prevention of platelet aggregation
- Homocysteine Reducing Suppplements — B6, B12, and Folic Acid are particular important for reducing this cardiac risk factor.
It’s the same old story: drugs only treat symptoms and all drugs have side-effects. In most instances natural remedies are the better long-term choice and definitely the safest choice.
— Monte Kline, Clinical Nutritionist